Sorting it All Out …

 

We live in a hundred year old house; we have only one closet; I have told the story of the closet tax. I had heard that closets were taxed as rooms; not wanting more taxes, closets were not built. This is a myth and one that sadly I have repeated. It made sense to me! But, no, I have since learned our ancestors didn’t have many clothes, hence no reason for a tiny room, a closet, just for clothes.

They used chifferobes and armoires, furniture with a chest of drawers on one side and a long space for hanging clothes on the other side. It is a good arrangement; it works; we have several. Also, we use all available drawer space for folded clothes; all other items that might go in a closet must also fit in a drawer.

Because we only have one closet and packed drawers, several times a year I go through the closet and every drawer. I have one rule; if the item hasn’t been used in a year it goes to GoodWill if it is useable, and out to the trash if not. 

 

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My rule works well; the only problem is whatever I bring in new, another item is surely tagged ‘to-go’.

 

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So, there is constant stacking and re-folding and evaluating and sorting and lots of letting go. I’ve become better at letting go since I was responsible for clearing out my parents’ home after they both passed. I learned that those surviving relations have their own treasures and little room for more treasures to store, even if tears are shed.

 

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Cheryl Richardson, in writing the following, reflected Jesus’ words in Matthew 19:21 Jesus answered, “If you want to be perfect, then go and sell all the things you own. Give the money to the poor. If you do this, you will have a treasure in heaven. Then come and follow me!”

But are we capable of perfection? I’m not! Romans 3:10 says, There is no one doing what is right, not even one. 

So the best I can do is to sort through what I have, give what I can away, keep only what I need, and let go of the rest.

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It always comes down to effort, the willingness to work. If I want to be clean it takes work. If I want my home and life sorted out, it takes work. If I want to let go of that which I don’t need, and only holds me back, it takes work. Lord, bless me in my efforts.  Amen

 

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Psalm 90:17 Easy-to-Read Version 
Lord, our God, be kind to us.
Make everything we do successful.
Yes, make it all successful.

 

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No that’s not the size of my one closet. I covet walk-in closets. Father, forgive me for wanting what I don’t have. Help me to be grateful for all the cleaning and sorting and letting go I do regularly.   :  )

 

 

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